Farm Ops Offering No Cost Enrollment into BF 101: Starting at Square One

Farm Ops will be providing the opportunity for 20 military veterans, residing in NY or NJ, to apply for free enrollment into the Cornell Small Farms online course, “Starting at Square One”. This course runs from Thursday, Sep 23rd to Thursday Oct 28th 2021.

Cornell Small Farms Online Course Free Enrollment: This will provide access to the course materials and enable you to participate in the instructor led online classroom sessions. Selection of approved applications may be based on your ability to complete the coursework, attend the instructor led classroom lectures, and attend the separate veteran learning cohort sessions. Previous selection for and failure to participate in trainings and other events can impact your selection for future opportunities. This opportunity is funded in part by the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Canandaigua VA Medical Center.

Farm Ops Veteran Learning Cohort Sessions:  Everyone that applies, even if not approved for enrollment into the online course at no cost, will be welcome to attend the Veteran Learning Cohort Sessions, which will be led by the online course instructor or other subject matter experts related to the course topic. These discussion sessions provide opportunities to collaborate with peers and enhance your learning experience. As you engage with your cohort members, you may be exposed to new careers, opinions, experiences, and ideas. Because you may have similar interests, goals, and/or experiences as some of your peers, being part of a cohort makes it easier to further network and build relationships.

Online Course Access: If your application is approved, you will receive enrollment instructions and be given a date by which you must enroll.

About BF 101 Starting at Square One: This course is for those who want to make some or all of their livelihood from farming, and those who are actively planning the start-up of a farm in the next few years. Each participate will be assessing their own resources and will begin developing a farm start-up plan. You do not need to have land or know what you will grow – just that you want to explore the possibilities and learn about the steps you need to take to begin farming.

Application Closes: September 8, 2021

Please check out our Farm Ops event page for future training and educational opportunities.

Nina Saeli

Nina retired from active duty in 2009. She and her husband, Jeffrey, own and operate Centurion Farm in Locke, NY. Nina also now works with the Cornell Small Farms Program as coordinator of our Farm Ops project supporting veterans in agriculture.
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